Amazon has struck a deal with the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien for a new adaptation of the beloved fantasy series The Lord of the Rings.
The network has announced a multi-season production commitment for the forthcoming series, which will “explore new storylines” preceding Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal also includes a potential additional spin-off series.
The series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Peter Jackson famously adapted The Lord of The Rings to screen in the early 2000s. His trilogy of movies grossed nearly $3 billion at the box office and won 17 Academy Awards. He later helmed a second trilogy of films based on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.